11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
On arrival we were given a standard room...
"On arrival we were given a standard room which was to small. 2 single beds for a family of three. They said they would put an extra bed in but this would have been too small. We paid to upgrade to a Gloria Suite. Absolute luxury, the suites have access to own pool and restaraunt. We stayed at the gloria verde last year and I would recommend this hotel if you have children as the Gallion which is open after the show is not safe for children. The ampitheatre where the shows are if you are all inclusive you have to pay for drinks. The waterslides at the hotel are excellent. The drinks are real not the drinks you get in other all inclusive hotels. Branded names. I can honestley say I have travelled the world and I would recommed this hotel to anyone. You will not be disapointed. I will return to Belek yeat after year."
- Travel date: 23rd July 2008
"Stayed here for 10 nights and had a ball. Was a bit worried when we arrived as room was in "Block H" seemed like a long way away but actually we were near one of the dining rooms and once you went to the pool you didn't really need to go back to your roon so no problem. We were in a standard room with 3 beds, (went with our 13 year old) obviously not huge but more than enough space. Lets start with food. We went half board which we think is better value than all inclusive as we are not big drinkers. You can book 5 a la carte restaurants - make sure you do it on your first day as they get booked up. The a la carte at the golf was far better than the verde but meals were nice if sometimes the service did seem a bit stroppy! Don't always believe whats written on the menu - steamed chocolate pudding was cold and not a pudding! Buffet was excellent with a wide choice but when you are offering so much everynight originality is hard to come by. The people. We have very european - which was great - lots of french, some russians, some germans some brits - for me - not too many of anything. They do say earlier in the season there are a lot more russians. The entertainment. Excellent. Outside acts as well as there own efforts - not bad at all. During the day the was as much to do as you possible wanted - I would go as far as to say too much though not intrusive at all - it's there if you want it. All clubs were up and running and by the end my daughter went to the teenage club which she enjoyed. I would go back again and highly recommend but remember this is Turkey 5 star not switzerland."
- Travel date: 20th August 2007
Excellent!! Especially for little ones.
"Just returned from 10 days at the Gloria Golf Hotel. (We stayed in the Gloria Suites - one large bedroom and sitting area, and additional separate twin bedroomn. Two bathrooms. ) Cannot fault the hotel! Our two daughters, aged 2 and 3, had a brilliant time. Although too young to be left in the kids club, they could still make full use of all the kids facilities, including eating with the other children at lunch and dinner (all included, even though we were only on HB option). Staff were wonderfully friendly, and professional. Hotel grounds well kept, and the facilities in general were brilliant. Food also good- although due to the demands of small children at meal times , we didn't get to try out any of the a la carte restaurants (which are all included in your HB rate). We have not stayed elsewhere in this area, so can't really compare to other resorts in Belek, but we have travelled fairly extensively and I feel that, for once, we got the "holidaying with small children challenge" just right. We'll be going back!"
- Travel date: 20th August 2007
Alright I suppose - perhaps I am just spoilt
"Just returned from two weeks at the Gloria Golf (All inclusive). I am torn on how to review this hotel - but in summary, compared to the likes of Hillside or Likia - I was disappointed. Overall the hotel was good, but for the money I feel I could do better. My overriding impression was that I just didnât get a good vibe from the place (not very objective I know). There are many good things about the hotel, but also a lot of things I didnât like. Did like: Food â generally good selection, but very samey. I have been spoilt by Hillside/Likia. I head full on âfood fatigueâ by the end of the first week. Facilities in general, good pools & slides for the kids (Check out the pools at the sister Verde hotel â much better for the kids) Good golf club nearby (but much too hot in summer really) Nice beach Lovely well kept Gardens Fantastic âArenaâ most shows of very high quality Didnât like: Staff, there were quite a few very nice staff (e.g. Fatih ), but the vast majority seemed to be in need of some happy pills and/or a customer relations course. Aircon â just about kept the room OK, but no more than that Refrigeration in general was an issue, it was rare to get cold water, or even cold wine. Thank goodness the draft beer chillers seemed to work fine :-) Outdoor seating, not nearly enough in the evening, and even though you couldnât reserve outside tables, many tables some how were reserved with wine already place in ice buckets on the tables â I didnât enquire./pursue how much bribery was required. It was generally a struggle to get a waiter to serve you drinks outside as I suspect they were busy with their âpaying guestsâ. Pools â Not a spare sunbed in sight after 9AM, quite crowded feel Sorry to be Xenophobic â Very poor English skills Sorry to be Xenophobic â The Russians! Vibe of the hotel improved as the two weeks went on as the number of Europeans/Brits increased. âAnimation teamâ is contradiction in terms. Most seemed to take themselves a lot more seriously than the job of animating, several were very un-child friendly. Information: Generally I though they were pretty poor at letting you know about facilities/activities/signage etc. For the first 9 days we were there, there was no kids club for 7-12 year olds, there was for < 7, and there was a teenage club. After heavy lobbying, this was finally put in place for our last few days. We were on a late flight in and out, on the last day we werenât able to stay late in our room, but to and insult to injury, they wanted us to pay for all drinks after 12:00 noon as if we were no longer all inclusive â seemed a bit mean considering the Â£Â£Â£. After heavy weight diplomacy (OK slanging match) they relented."
- Travel date: 25th July 2007
"After having to change from the Cornelia to the Papillon Zeugma and then at the last minute being advised we were to change again to the Gloria we were a little worried this holiday was going to be blighted before we even got there. From the minute we arrived we found the staff extremely courteous and very efficient, the room we were allocated was of a reasonable standard although a little on the small side (only 24 sq m) for a family of 3 but was in the main part of the hotel and had nice views of the gardens. We were offered a slightly larger room and taken to it by golf buggy to view but this was away from the main building to the front of the property and it didn't have any view at all from the terrace, so decided to take the original room we had been allocated and therefore have no complaint. The only gripe I really had with the room was the A/C, this simply was not efficient at all and meant that the room never really got cool, unless you stood in direct line of the unit you couldn't really tell it was on, at first we thought this was just ours that was faulty and asked for it to be looked at on more than one occasion but after speaking to other guests found this was a common problem for us all, I believe that there is a refurb due to be carried out soon and if this is correct would strongly suggest that the air con system is looked at, with the temp above 40 Deg most days it would have been nice to be able to return to a nice cool room. This however cannot detract from how good this hotel really is, the cleanliness throughout the whole place was fantastic and the grounds are immaculately kept. All of the entertainment team always had a smile on their face as did the majority of the bar staff and waiters, the odd one who could learn to smile a little bit more but I suppose when you have to put up with the rudeness and sheer misery of 95 % of the Russians all of the time then it probably does rub off somewhat - we learned after a few days to simply ignore them as they ignore you, we noticed very early on that it was nothing to do with the fact that we were not Russians ourselves it was just the way they were with each other too, even simple things like holding the door open for someone was too much trouble for them, crackin a smile was a definite non starter for them, if this is how they are on holiday in such a lovely hotel then I hate to think what they must be like on a Monday morning in winter when it's minus 20 outside !!! The food was also of a very high standard and plenty of choice in the main buffet restaurants for breakfast and dinner (never ventured in to them for lunch). The A la Carte restaurants were also very good, especially the Italian and the manager in there has to be one of the most accommodating and pleasant people I have met, nothing too much trouble and always with a smile. The fact that we could also use the A la Carte restaurants at the Gloria Verde meant there was an option to dine elsewhere and the Thymus restaurant there was also very good. Only comment I would make is that the the types of cuisine in the A la Cartes were all very good but also very similar, originally we were booked into the Cornelia and then the Zeugma which had a little bit more of a choice with Oriental and also a Mexican at the latter, personal taste I know but with one or both of these or even an Indian restuarant at the Gloria and you would have the perfect combination. For the food though the special mention has to go to the Turkuaz Restaurant at the the Gloria Golf, we ate in there virtually everyday for lunch (only open for lunch) and the food was absolutely fantastic, again the waiters were all very helpful and always smiling. Perfect setting too as we could sit down and enjoy a long and relaxing lunch with a few glasses of wine whilst the children were able to run around on the grass outside (where we had found was great for the kids throughout the day and plotted up there most days on the sunbeds) once they'd had enough of eating and we could keep an eye on them no problem. The pools were also superb, perfect temperature and as with everything else very clean, the slides we are also great fun for both children and the big kids like yours truly, especially the one at the Verde that you plummet down at a fair old speed and then proceed to spin round in a large bowl before dropping into the water at any given angle - great fun. The beach was also very good and a great place to go and relax especially in the pavillions if you are a couple, not sure they are the greatest with kids though as there is no shaded area around them meaning nowhere for the kids to play, this was one of the reasons we only ventured onto the beach once as the sand was simply to hot for the little ones to play about in and therefore without constant supervision down at the waters edge was very little for them to do. The pier also looked very enticing if you were there as a couple but certainly not for the little ones, we did venture onto the new pier with them at the newly opened Gloria Serenity as there is a large seating area in the middle and also a bar, add to this the chance to dive off into the sea for a swim and it really is a superb way to spend the day. Entertainment was varied, some good some not so brilliant but my daughter loved the kids entertainment at night, towards the end of our stay the entertainment was moved from the Gloria Golf to the new Ampytheatre at the Serenity which again is very very impressive, huge comfy seats with drinks holders and a great show, we only had chance to go in on our last night for the last 20 minutes of the show and just grabbed one drink each, the only problem I had with this was that on being advised that the entertainment was moving to the new hotel we enquired if the drinks were inclusive as we had been advised that everything else at the Serenity was additional to guests of the Golf & Verde, had this confirmed that this bar only was inclusive only to receive a bill for the drinks there upon checking out, as it was only 16 Euros I wasn't prepared to kick up a fuss at the end of such a great holiday but was glad we hadn't spent the last few nights there otherewise would have had a bit of a shock, a little bit naughty though to move the entertainment from the Golf and then expect guests to pay additonal for the drinks. All in all we had a fantstic time there and would highly recommend this place to anyone who is thinking of booking. Looking pretty certain we will be back again in Belek next year as the high standard of the hotels at very reasonable prices is going to take some beating. Would like to try one of the others just hope they can live upto the standards set by the Gloria Golf & Verde."
- Travel date: 1st July 2007
Cracking hotel but watch out for the construction works
"We arrived at the Gloria Resort to find that the suite we had booked at their plush newly built Serenity hotel wasnt available as the hotel itself was still in construction! Despite the enormous cock-up on our travel agents part, the management at the hotel arranged for us to stay at the Gloria Suites which forms part of the Gloria Golf Resort. Having arrived at midnight, We were awoken the next morning to the sound of construction right outside our windows. This wasnt a great start to our holiday. If you're staying in a suite at the gloria golf, you are allocated a separate restaurant which is grand and well serviced with staff. The food there is excellent and the serving times are extended by an hour for the guests here. Dont be surprised to see russian trophy wives strutting around in gold thongs at 8am! The walk to the main pools and restaurants is only a few minutes and it seems difficult to avoid the construction barriers which 'hide' the work being carried out on the Serenity hotel. Once at the pools and surrounding areas, you will notice that the majority of guests are either Russian or German. We personally found the russians to be very po-faced and regularly badmannered. The British are a rare breed in this resort. The pools are surrounded by restaurants and bars and theres never a lack of staff to assist. The staff here are on the whole extremely helpful and polite. They seem to love kids so dont be surprised to find your little ones being showered with attention and positive gestures. The food is pretty fantastic at whatever restaurant you choose and i would definitely recommend the Turkish restaurant. The main restaurant serves a vast array of very intricate and delicious desserts during lunch/evening. The walk down to the beach is an interesting one as there is a bridge connecting it to the mainland area. It is separated by river/estuary. The beach itself is very clean and not over populated. If you choose to travel out of the resort, Belek is approximately 10 mins away and will cost a fixed fee of 5 euros. The taxi drivers are very friendly and we found that even in the shopping areas, no-one was out to rip us off. The locals are a very friendly and pleasant people. The main array of items for sale are the usual touristic trinkets, handbags and jewellery. During our holiday, we also stayed at the Gloria Verde which we personally found to be smaller and more hotel-ish (mainly due to having one main building as opposed to lots of smaller outhouses like at the Gloria Golf). Important to note here is that the walk from the hotel to the beach at the Verde may not be suitable for elderly/disabled people as there is a sharp incline to climb. We also found that the Golf had more restaurants and more of an atmosphere than the Verde so in that sense we preferred it to the Verde. All in all, both hotels are great. The staff are polite and friendly, the food is very good and the overall service extremely positive. We would recommend this to anyone who hasnt been to Turkey before either with or without kids."
- Travel date: 16th May 2007
5* Plus surely...... My kids are begging me to book for next year
"This was our second stay here - we came here in 2004. We can honestly say that it has improved in the two years since we last came. We stayed for 2 weeks as a family of four on all inclusive last year in the Gloria garden villas. Our villa was very spacious and comfortable. The gardens are so well looked after and the whole complex has been very ecologically designed to compliment the local indiginous species of birds, lizards and turtles. It was expensive... however EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED unless you have a penchant for expensive french wines or you wish to eat A La Carte (in our view totally un-necessary and huh Turkish champagne ain't that bad). There are some incredibly good Turkish wines included(especially from the Ankara wine house Kavaklidere). The breakfast buffets are very good value for money and there is always more than enough to go round. BACON IS SERVED!!! We were absolutely amazed by the high standard of the food and the range of foods on offer in the evenings. From freshly grilled meats to seafood to traditional Turkish to oriental to Italian. Lunch was superb, choice of freshly cooked seafood, or freshly made salads or pasta buffet (were you can choose the ingredients for your own pasta sauce and wait while it is freshly cooked for you). Or you could eat in the Turkuaz restaurant - an excellent outdoor traditional Turkish grill. With your all inclusive card you can also eat and drink free of charge at the Gloria Verde which is definitely on a par. We couldn't get the kids out of the swimming pools or off the water slides at the Gloria Golf for the first few days, so we took the free transfer to the Gloria Verde (available on the hour every hour). When we got there we found an even bigger swimming complex with even better water slides!!! The Gloria Beaches are very clean and very well maintained and even in high season there are more sunbeds than guests. The beach was a bit shingly - especially for the first couple of steps into the sea but it was safe and un-polluted. Of the 14 days we stayed 5 full days at the Gloria Verde, returning in the evening to dine and sleep. The afternoon foam parties at the Gloria Verde beach bar are legendary - wicked fun. There are so many varied activities to join in with it is impossible to get bored. In our two weeks we took part in morning aerobics (the wife), kids club (kids), daily archery and air rifle range - (shoot those tins cans down boys), aquarobics (the wife), darts, water polo and beach volleyball. Showtimes were of a very high and professional standard and actually very funny. Genuinely jaw dropping Chinese circus acts and mesmerising contortionists. During the day the Animation Team supervised the outdoor activities and were very friendly and personable and happy to sit and have a coffee with you at any time just for a chinwag or a gossip. After show time most guests wandered down to the beach bar which is called "The Galleon". There is a disco most nights which continues till around 2 in the morning and a foam party twice a week. We met so many friendly families from so many different countries and everyone was having a good time. It is a truly international resort. We cannot praise the Gloria Golf / Verde highly enough. Compared to some of our experiences in Spain / Menorca / Greece this felt truly opulent. Go on...... spoil yourself, we did and we will again!"
- Travel date: 17th April 2007
"We have just returned from our 3rd visit to the Gloria - following previous stays in July 05 & June 06. This time unlike previously the hotel was only half full but this did not deter from the excellent service, excellent food and spotless cleanliness of this lovely hotel. Most people staying this time were golfers unlike in the Summer months when the majority were families on their annual holidays. We always go for the golf and played 8 times in the 10 days - the courses are all superb and compare very favourably with any in Spain or Portugal & we would particularly recommend the Gloria Old Course and the National. Shuttles between the courses and the hotel are frequent and reliable. The main buffet restaurant produces a wide choice of food and for a more relaxed evening there are 4 a la carte restaurants to choose from. The one downside is the lack of entertainment in the evenings but this personally did not bother us as after our evening meal and a drink we were ready to retire to our room. Without hesitation I recommend this hotel to all those considering a golfing break - you will not be disappointed."
- Travel date: 25th November 2006
"This was our first tme to Turkey. The Gloria Golf is excellent for chilkdren and adults. There is a separate children's area with slides, mini-club and even on HB the children have lunch and snacks and drinks all day. HB includes wine and water with evening meal. We booked a Family Suite but thought the rooms were small and bathroom ' tired'. We upgraded to their new Garden Suites, 3 months old and very luxurious. We caught the local bus to Belek which was a great place for bargain clothes. We will return."
- Travel date: 9th September 2006
great for children of all ages
"We had an absolutely lovely holiday here with 4 children ranging from 18months-12years. There lots for them to do, with a wide variety of pools/slides etc, a whole childrens area complete with mini cinema and indoor basketball. There is a good mix of nationalities, a lovely beach and beautiful bedouin type tents on the beach in which to relax. Food was very good, with lots of variety, sometimes the waiter service was a bit hit and miss, but generally very good, and extremley helpful staff. Entertainment was varied, with shows, beach parties, garden parties and my older girls loved the disco down at the galeon bar every night. Would definately go back !!!"
- Travel date: 21st August 2006
surprising and refreshing
"Me and my friend wanted to spend a long weekend in a spa resort. We found Gloria Golf in Belek and thus discovered a place where we would return any time - either for golf or spa or just for relaxing, while indulging ourselves in a wonderful landscape and being treated at great standards of service. Staff are welcoming and professional - striving to provide the guests with an unforgettable experience - exquisite food in the a la carte restaurants, fantastic entertainment and great facilities. Although the hotel was fully booked, we were never bothered by queues or crowded areas. With the variety of its activities, the hotel addresses a wide range of ages and traveller profiles. We will definitely go back!"
- Travel date: 17th August 2006
Gloria Golf Resort is also called
- Gloria Golf Resort Hotel
- gloria golf resort
- gloria hotel belek